Start-Up Activation Programme
Have you got an idea?
The Ministry of Awesome’s Start-Up Activation Programme is here for anyone in the early stages of developing a new business or venture.
There are a number of different ways we can work with you.
One-on-one meetings: Book a 30-minute session with Kit Hindin, our Start-Up Activator, and let us help you unpack your idea and run through some initial business validation with you so that you can understand your next steps. The first meeting is completely free of charge thanks to generous sponsorship from Canterbury’s economic development agency, ChristchurchNZ.
Activator Caffeine Adventures: Book a 20-minute session with our power panel of expert entrepreneurs, start-up gurus, and sector specialists. In this session, you’ll unpack your idea with the help from this experienced group whose combined knowledge, network, and impact will guide you to your next steps.
Launch Club Workshop Series: Book our action oriented business planning workshop series where you can dive deep into various aspects of your business from purpose to prospects, pricing to pitching. Network with like-minded ideators and set yourself up for success.
The Launch Club Workshop Series - presented by Ministry of Awesome and Ākina Foundation
The Launch Club Workshop Series is tailoured for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to learn business basics in an immersive and interactive setting. This workshop is for those who want to really get their idea off the ground and dedicate time to it without interruption.
Boasting 6 original workshops that dive deep into various aspects of your business from purpose to prospects, pricing to pitching. Network with like-minded ideators and set yourself up for success.
Activator Caffeine Adventure - FREE
A 20-minute session with an expert panel of New Zealand entrepreneurs provides the opportunity to seriously discuss an idea, business, social enterprise, or project. Sessions are available to anyone—of any age—wanting to bring their ideas to the next level. We also hold informative workshops, events and educational labs where you can up-skill, accelerate your idea and connect with other entrepreneurs.
Ask us how you can participate in the Activator Caffeine Adventure by emailing email@example.com with a few lines about your idea and where you need help!
Brainstorming Group - FREE
A great starting-point to bring a project, start-up or problem. Or maybe you just love brainstorming and helping on other projects? Get new perspectives, next steps and a supportive group to bounce ideas off. No matter what stage you're at, come along for brainstorming fun and free ginger beer!
Held at Awesome HQ our beautiful co-working space in St Asaph Street.
Check out our workshop series, where you can dive deep into various aspects of your business from purpose to prospects and pricing to pitching. Network with like-minded ideators and
set yourself up for success. We offer a workshops on ideation, customer discovery validation, rapid-prototyping, marketing and branding, building relationships, Pitching among others.
We can bring these workshops to you! We'd love to partner your programme, deliver workshops in your school or with your colleagues.
Lab5 - BY APPLICATION
Lab5 is a one-week programme exploring entrepreneurial and technological solutions to global challenges including social, environmental, cultural issues. This immersive experience gives participants a sense of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, providing a space to brainstorm, test, fail, collaborate and communicate ideas.
The lab experience will include a full day design challenge exploring global issues followed by a series of validation, prototyping, building relationships, mentor day, field trips and pitching. This takes place in the Innovation Precinct. A public programme will be included to provide multiple platforms to connect the participants with the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the city.
This programme runs internally with our Ideators as well as in the community with education providers, local community and more. Get in touch if you'd like bring Lab5 to your community!